To Clip or Not to Clip?

Reasons for clipping:

  • Reduces drying time after exercise
  • Reduces stress on horses in fast work
  • Reduces heavy sweating
  • Conserves condition of the horse
  • Reduces grooming time
  • Maintains a smart look

Rachel Bowyer has a National Diploma in Equine Studies and has been working with competition horses and hunters since 1997, with a great deal of experience in both stud work and the racing industry.

Rachel’s old horse – Ruby – made the transition to shoeless and was regularly ridden out and competed in all disciplines.

We have included some of the most popular clips for you to see, along with some information to help you decide which clip would be most suitable for your horse and their intended workload.

Rachel is able to tailor each clip to suit your individual needs and can also advise on clip suitability.

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Belly & Neck Clip

Hair is removed from under the belly, between the forelegs and up the lower line of the neck and lower jaw. It permits the horse to be turned out into a field but also allows the horse or pony to work without getting overly hot.

Chaser clip

Hair is removed from under the belly, between and around the front legs and up a line on the neck (you can determine how high you require the line to be).

Trace Clip

Two types: high and low trace. Hair is removed from the belly and the underside of the neck. Hair is left on the head, the topside of the neck, body and legs for warmth and protection. A low trace takes only a small section of hair from the belly and neck. A high trace takes more hair from these areas, going further up the horse's flank.

Blanket Clip

Hair is removed completely from the head, neck and flanks, leaving only an area of hair that looks like an exercise sheet over the back and hindquarters and on the legs. The hair on the legs is left mainly for warmth and protection. This type of clip would suit a horse that has regular exercise and various events at weekends, while still being turned-out in the field.

Hunter Clip

Hair is left on the legs, as far as the elbows and thighs, and a saddle-patch. This clip is often used on horses in hard work. The hunter clip is smart looking but requires an owner with a good sense of stable management and rug routine.

Full Clip

This is usually given to horses that compete in the winter months. The whole of the coat is removed, including body, legs and head. This clip looks very smart but does require careful stable management. Horses with a full clip need to be rugged up at all times and may need to wear stable bandages to help maintain warmth during the very cold months.